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Destiny fulfilled – Gegard Mousasi wins the Middleweight Title at Bellator 200

It is very rare when a fighter takes a gamble on himself or herself, and wins said gamble. When Gegard Mousasi left the UFC for Bellator, he believed he was destined for big things. The dream became a reality, as he defeated Rafael Carvalho for the Middleweight Title at Bellator 200.

It took the 32-year old Mousasi (44-6-2) longer to walk into The SSE Arena in London than it did to take down the champion. He took the fight to the ground right away, and that was basically all she wrote. He transitioned to Carvalho’s (15-2) back and would end it with vicious strikes to the face and body of the (now former) champion. The time? An impressive 3:35 round one victory.

The win was inevitable for Mousasi, who was on a role with the UFC before leaving for Bellator. He was on a five-fight win streak, beating the likes of Thiago Santos, Uriah Hall, Vitor Belfort and Chris Weidman. His last fight with the promotion, against Weidman at UFC 210, could have propelled him to the top. Disagreements with management, his relationship with Bellator President Scott Coker and other internal factors led to his decision to make the jump to Bellator.

Mousasi’s first fight with his new home was a unanimous decision victory over Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 185, one that was a shock to many. His performance earned him the right to face Carvalho.

The man fighting out of the Netherlands is now the only fighter to win major titles in Strikeforce, DREAM and Bellator.

What is next for “The Dreamcatcher” in Bellator? He wants a fight against Rory MacDonald (20-4), the current Bellator Welterweight Champion. His goal from the start was to move up weight classes and dominate the scene. With the UFC making superfights like its nobodies business, it seems that Bellator would love to put its hat in the mix.

MacDonald quickly responded to the challenge:

Will a fight like that hold up a division that includes Shlemenko and Rafael Lovato Jr.? Of course, but a growing promotion like Bellator would not pass up an opportunity like the one they would have in Mousasi v. MacDonald.

It is a new era for Bellator, one that they should be very proud of. With fighters like Mousasi leading the way, the possibilities are endless. For Mousasi, it is a moment he will never forget. Now with the opportunity to lead a promotion, he will do whatever it takes to keep his gloves close to that glass ceiling.

This article was originally published on @dyanofs1